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Selling Samples Or By Outright



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Selling Samples Or By Outright

Selling Your Samples Outright
Selling outright at a home party is my preferred way to operate. It is so easy to sell the items, collect the money, and have your guests be happy. I have learned that when having home parties most of the guests love the idea of outright sales, they also always come ready to buy. By selling outright, you make the work easy for your party hostess, who in return won't have to deliver orders to buyers after the party date is closed.
Does anyone have any thoughts on selling outright, or any other ways to turn profit when having home parties?

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Judas2018

You should definitely set up a nice display. So they can see you're serious about your product. Also place some of your made items in and around your house. So if a lamp, vase or piece of art catches someone's eye.... you can immediately try and capture a sale.



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Destiny00

This is so true! I went to two home parties this summer. The first one was given by a girl who had just gotten into the business and wasn't very organized yet. After the first half hour or so, we lost interest in the products and kind of forgot about them. At my other friend's party, the products were displayed in such a way that we were curious about them.

I bought some items, as did my sister. Later she made the connection between the level of organization between the two parties and how we only bought things at the second one.



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kgord

I haven't hahad a home party for ages, but I think that you need to showcase the items you want to sell. Like the above poster mentioned having items around the house on display is a good way to capture buyers interest.



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iamawriter

I will never combine a business transaction with a party. I remember my sister asked me to talk about products that I was marketing the MLM way. It was not taken well by her guests as they felt she was taking advantage of their presence at her party and makign them buy my products. I tend to agree with her guests. I never did that again.



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pandooh

True, That would be only a coverup, instead of enjoying the party the guests would feel as if they are only present in a marketing place. Well, if the guests would be notified with what will be possible events in the party then maybe that would be good.



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Judas2018

You don't ACTIVELY sell your products at a party. You capitalize on incidental contact. For example, you throw a party and while everyone is mingling, eating, drinking dancing etc.... your decor will come up in conversation. Or it might. After it does or if it does, you tell the questioner that you will tell them where you got 'this' or 'that' item after the party. But make sure to keep a list of everyone who inquires. Then after the party as everyone is leaving you can tell those who inquired that you made the items and if they want one, they can order from your official site once they get home.



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iamawriter

I would still think the guests may not like it at all. It is like sneaking in a business deal however innocent it might look. As I have said in my response I too did it subtly but that did not work to my advantage.



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ballyhara

Personally, I totally hate this kind of parties outright sales. I've been invited to parties that are supposed to be like a friend reunion or whatever, and then the sales come up, and honestly I feel cheated. So whenever someone wants to do this, I rather been told what kind of party is, so that way I can choose whether to go or not.



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Destiny00

That is awful! My friends throw the parties as "Product Parties" (though, they are brand ambassadors for a popular brand of personal products; they aren't selling handmade products). The point of the party is to look at the catalogue, check out new merchandise, and put in a group order for discounts and specials. We are all going to the party with the knowledge that we are most likely going to buy something.



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ballyhara

At least you know what kind of party you are attending to, but honestly is very awkward to go to meet some friends, and suddenly you "have" to buy something. Let's face it, is really weird to be the only one who doesn't buy or order anything, so I feel in some way pushed to buy. Maybe if I had the option to choose I would go in a more voluntary way, than to be cheated into it.



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Tronia

Same here! I am not a big fan and I don't think that many people are if you ask them. Of course, it also depends on our own personal opinions but still, I never threw the outright sale parties because I find them a bit sneaky and I don't like to mix business with friends.

I have been to a few though and it was weird. I am not sure that they generated many sales.



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ballyhara

Well, my cousin used to do this kind of parties, she was selling beauty products, a new company which promised her to be your own boss and have your own business and blah blah. I noticed that this kind of jobs make you thing that you are winning a lot, but in fact you are not. She use to make what she barely needed, but not the big amount she was promised. What she lost was a bunch of friends, no one wanted to go to her house, they knew what the visit was for.



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PinkTurtle

I agree with you! I personally don't like this type of party, I also feel push to buy the products. I only went one time to this type of party and I actually hate it. It is weird and if you don't actually buy the product I get the feeling people would look you with the bad eye...



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ballyhara

I know right? It's very uncomfortable, and really pushy. Honestly, I rather people tell me what the party is about, and I've had friends that tell me exactly what the meeting is for, and obviously is my choice to go or not. Sometimes I even go there, to give them support and help them because of their honesty.



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DenisP

I actually wholeheartedly agree with this. I sort of feel as if it were an infringement on your guests' trust to try to sell them something at a gathering you've brought them to. It's sort of like how so many of those pyramid scheme stories go. A friend you haven't heard from in a long time decides to call you up, and invites you to a gathering at his house with a lot of your other long lost friends. You think you're going to have a nice get-together when in the middle of the drinks and snacks he breaks out a Power Point Presentation and tries to get you into some sort of marketing scheme. Save the sales pitches for another time.



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anor0428

I am one of the victim of this what I thought "get together" that turned out to be seminar for a company. I got really annoyed that time, my old friend invited me for lunch, he told me that we have a lot of catching up to do,and some of our friends will attend too. When I got to the venue, me and our friends was surprised that it was a seminar. We all thought, he should have informed us about it.



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pandooh

Networking, is it? That's cheating. I've heard that kind of stories, too. I hope it won't happen to me. Nowadays people only see you as a tool for success and not as a person.



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anor0428

Yes that was the right term. We were really disappointed that time. Most of the members have to fool their friends just to make them attend to the seminar. There are some who brought their resume because they were told that it is about work, i feel sad for them.



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pandooh

How cruel! If that is even a valid reason to be a crime then they would have been behind the bars by then. For sure no one wants to attend the said event, desperation led them to trick others and made the wrong move. Friendships were broken, for sure.



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Mida

My exact thoughts. This will work well if the guests know in advance of the products getting sold at the party. That gives them an option to attend the party and buy the items without them feeling being taken advantage of.



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anor0428

I agree with you. I think it is better to tell them in advance that you will conduct sales during the party. In that case they wont be surprised or think that they are only invited because of the items that you are selling. So just tell them ahead about it, or have a different party that will be all about selling your items.



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Steve5

True. A lot of us are supportive of our families and friends. It would be best to give them the truth. That way, they'll wholeheartedly support if they choose to do so.



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DarthHazard

I was slightly confused by the post but am reading your comment I understood it slightly better. I had no idea what the OP meant to be honest because I didn't realise that some people tried to sell things at parties. I think it's just not a good thing to do because people are there to enjoy themselves and not to buy things from someone who is trying to take advantage of the situation.



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wallet

I am not in this branch, but I think this method is a good one to sell a lot and make a lot of customers if you provide good products. In this way, the actual customers may bring new ones, and if your customers are growing the business is growing as well.



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Judas2018

Yeah it's a well known fact that if you sell defective or shoddy products your customer base will dry up due to bad reviews and unhappy consumers.



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augusta

Yea, it always a good way of making money.Most guests are always aware of this and come prepared.Why waste time than taking advantage of making extra bucks in your own party.it right to maybe give a little discount so as to encourage more purchases.



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Barida

Making extra money by selling outright is one of the ideas of organizing home parties and I get confused when I see hostess trying to show samples first.



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tophew

Yes this is great selling staff at your house party is great no need for space rental it can save you money more. I will try this one. At home. I have many keyboard and mouse I collect them for hobbies specially gaming gears so selling them in my house would be great . and also my mother would love to sell her clothes too for extra bucks.



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overcast

Selling outright is the right way to go. I don't think samples are good option. I personally have found out that if people find something free then they tend to have less respect for that. And this is what makes it a bit harder to sell if you give away a lot of stuff. I personally think selling is a lot better option. And one should practice that. You can see that there are people who don't sell and keep free sample. So it's not a good option.



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pandooh

I think that really depends on the person. If they'll like the product there's a chance of buying otherwise, not. I've had experienced before about going and getting some samples. After testing the product for few days I learned to like it and bought it.



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overcast

I guess giving samples in that context would be good. But that can also leads to loss. So not always going to be a good idea. And in fact it can attract more or less an issues in that case. So I'd say selling samples won't be problem. Some stalls sell small samples.



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Barida

Once prices of items are not that expensive, buyers tend not to value them and that's the reason selling straight away remains a better option to me as well.



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Blank629

Doing business during party is a nice idea in business. To make your items attractive, make it more presentable and unique to other products. You should be proud in selling your product. Showing some samples is a great idea. I also suggest to put some entertainment in presenting your business. After all it is party time.



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Pixie06

This is actually a good idea. You must display your products in such a way that it catches others attentions. Maybe someone can subtly inform the guests about the products. I once went to a kids party and there was someone outside the hall selling toys and other stuffs for kids. Believe me many children got tempted to buy something. That's the reason why I am sure that such an idea might work.



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Keibah2

I think marketing your products outrightly may not sit well with some of your guests but then if you inform them that you would be displaying your products then it is totally fine, at least they'd come prepared.



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anor0428

I agree with you. I think it would be best to inform them. Some may enjoy it while some may also think that you are taking advantage to the party. I am not really sure if it is good to mix party with sales unless the guests are aware of it.



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PedroP

I have never done this personally but it does seem like a great idea! If I had a product of my own creation I'd make a point to try and promote it on home parties. It's only natural that people will taste it and even buy some to help!



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jaymish

I would go with selling outright. This ensures you separate the true buyers from those who are messing about. All of us know if you are going to buy something, It's a split second decision. Very rarely will you need time or samples to think about it.

The idea of house parties to sell your stuff is genius in my opinion. Just make sure to tell people what they are coming for e.g you have a product you want to sell them. Don't go on and on about the product. People get bored and it put's them off.

Keep your presentation short.Serve food and lots of alcohol, so people don't feel like you have wasted their time. Make it fun. It's a party after all!



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ColdFlameChris

I think, It's not a polite way to do business in your own party. It might leave an impression that you only invite them because you want to sell something to them. I think the best way is to make some samples and distribute it to your visitors for free and if they really enjoy it and ask anything about it, that's the time to pitch in sales and that you're starting to make this as a business and you're open to potential buyers. That's the polite way that I can think of about on how to sell your product.



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Authord

Selling outright is the best form of selling, even though I do sell by samples, but that's due to the fact that I know my onions well, so it depends on the person in question, you can sell by any format you want, but make sure you know what you are doing.
For the newbies, it's advisable you sell by outright, because it ensures you with a high probability of turn up.



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vinaya

You invite people to your home party and ask them to buy your items. I don't think this is a good idea. This is like tricking your guest. You ask them to attend a party and all you have in your mind is selling your items. Instead, you can arrange a sale in your house and send invitation to your friends and family. When they come to your home, they are prepared to buy things.



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felabruno

If you say that the part is going to be about your products before inviting your guests I feel like it's okay. If they will want to buy what you're selling and they can have a good time then it's a good opportunity for both you (to sell what you wanted) and the guest (to have some time to see the products before buying them). But you should be honest that the party's main idea is your business.



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Baburra

I agree. I think even these days when online selling is the trending way of doing business, selling in person has become a very underrated method of selling. There are still a lot of people out there who prefer to buy products physically and in person and as a business owner, you would be missing out on a lot if you just ignore this method especially if you are just starting out or struggling to find clients or customers. Admittedly it is a bit more difficult though since you have to do more planning and labor since you can't just do everything with a few clicks as you would if you were just selling online.



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AmieBotella

You gave me an idea. This is a great idea to set up a sales and promote your business too. Also a good way for fundraising projects. A similar type to fundraising dinner. Only, You raise the bar by selling goods that can benefit the organization. All you need is a good promotional advertisement so that people can go and be ready to shell out their money. I say, this is both good for a business or charity.



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Soulwatcher

I think that if you have a good product then free samples is the way to go because the product will sell itself. I remember going to a tradeshow and this guy was giving away hot sauce samples. Right there and then I bought 5 bottles off of the guy because it was so good. The tradeshow building has since closed but boy I wish I knew where that guy was selling his hot sauce because I would take another 5 bottles. =)



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Barida

I will prefer the sell outright option to using samples to sell. For goodness sake, if they like the product, there is nothing wrong in paying once for the product.



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manmad

I am also against these types of sales, because that's not what the mood of a party is all about, one way you're just lying to the people that going to come and maybe scam some of them if they are drunk. Come on, there are other ways of doing these, on another hand if you don't really care about the people, but a couple of sales, then why not ?



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coolavender

I've attended Tupperware parties in the past and these were, at least, pre-announced promotional parties so one can choose to go or not. I'm not an impulse buyer so I'm not likely to be impressed when the host starts selling goods unannounced at a party. I can't be pressured to buy either. After all, I don't attend parties to shop. On the part of the seller, that will mean buying the items in advance instead of simply ordering the goods on demand from the supplier. There's always the risk of not being able to sell anything which means that the seller's capital will be stuck on the inventory for a while. That's one of the things to consider if one is planning to sell outright at a home party.



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Judas2018

I thought Tupperware parties were a thing of the past. When I was very young, my parents used to attend many of them. They became less and less frequent as I got older though.



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treecko142

I think offering samples first can really help save a lot of money initially rather than overproducing or underproducing your product when selling outright. You can have a good estimate of how many you should put into production based on the reception to your free samples.



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Kakashi2020

I used to be in sales way back and we have what is called an Investors Night or Buyers Day which we invite guests in to wine and dine and basically party for free. Then there would be raffles and contests while sales people are talking to each guest. Selling outright is very effective in my opinion.



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